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19 Nov
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Rep. Joe Dorman Statement on Governor’s Decision to Reject Exchange

Oklahoma House of Representatives

Media Division

November 19, 2012

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact: State Rep. Joe Dorman

Mobile Phone: (405) 833-1117

E-mail: Joe.Dorman@okhouse.gov

 

Dorman Statement on Governor’s Decision to Reject Exchange

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Joe Dorman released the following statement today in response to the announcement by Gov. Mary Fallin that Oklahoma would not begin the implementation of an insurance exchange as required under the law.

 

“I believe that by failing to act on the implementation of a state-run health care exchange, we are removing ourselves from a process that is going to affect Oklahomans. I am disappointed in Governor Fallin’s decision to take no action at all to maintain local control over certain aspects of this federally-mandated law. I also believe that while many Oklahomans rejected the federal health care law, including myself when we were called to vote on fighting it for the original court battle, we cannot legally block it or nullify it because the United States Supreme Court has already ruled it constitutional. We also cannot start some kind of costly Don Quixote-style crusade against this when we know it will not be overturned by Congress just so some state politicians can look tough with political posturing, while costing us many more millions of taxpayer dollars. We need to maintain as much local control as possible with the health care law at the state level and leave the battle for changes in this law at the federal level as the “fiscal cliff” looms,” said Dorman, D-Rush Springs.

 

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19 Nov
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House Democratic Leader Inman’s Comments on Gov. Fallin’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion

Oklahoma House of Representatives

November 19, 2012

 

 

For Immediate Release:

Contact:  Democratic Leader Scott Inman

Capitol:  (405) 557-5370

 

 

House Democratic Leader Inman’s Comments on Gov. Fallin’s Rejection of Medicaid Expansion

 

The Oklahoma House of Representatives’ Democratic Leadership releases the following statement in response to Governor Fallin’s decision to reject an expansion of Medicaid and an Oklahoma solution to health care exchanges mandated under the Affordable Care Act:

Democratic Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) stated: “On behalf of the hundreds of thousands of uninsured Oklahomans; the businesses, doctors and hospitals who are drowning in the costs of their uncompensated care; and the Oklahoma taxpayer who ultimately foots the bill for those uninsured through higher taxes and increased medical costs, House Democratic leaders are deeply disappointed and frustrated that Governor Fallin and Republican Leaders have today decided to play politics with the lives, health care and pocket books of thousands of Oklahoma citizens.

The Governor’s decision will ensure that nearly 200,000 Oklahoma men, women and children will be unable to get the health care they need. Because other states around the country have decided to seek health care coverage for their citizens, Oklahoma Republican leaders have created a situation where Oklahoma tax dollars will be sent to places like Maryland, Rhode Island and California to insure their citizens while the poorest uninsured Oklahomans will continue to go without health insurance.

Likewise, by refusing to revisit the issue of health care exchanges, Governor Fallin has violated one of her principle campaign promises: to do everything in her power to fight federal government interference in the Sooner State. Instead of allowing Oklahomans to establish and create an Oklahoma health care exchange, she and Republican leaders have simply extended the invitation to the Obama administration to come to our state and do it for us. While many in the House Democratic Caucus may not have supported all of the provisions of the new health care law, we are realistic and understand that Republican House Speaker John Boehner’s (R-Ohio) words ring true. Whether we like it or not, ‘it’s the law of the land.’

We respected Governor Fallin’s decision to wait until after the November Presidential election before moving forward with her plans on the Medicaid expansion, as well as the establishment of the health care exchanges. Presumably, if Governor Romney had prevailed, Oklahoma would have been poised to support the decision our Governor has announced today. However, since the election ended with a vastly different result, we had hoped our state’s leaders would put politics aside and do everything in their power to ensure whatever is established in Oklahoma is done with the control and input of Oklahomans.”

It was recently reported that in order to make her decision, Governor Fallin took a series of public opinion polls to measure the political winds. Inman went on to say, “House Democrats believe leaders shouldn’t govern by sticking one’s finger in the wind, but instead with the knowledge, courage and fortitude to do what’s right, even when it may not be politically popular. It would appear that the Governor and Republican leaders have ignored the uninsured in our state, as well as the conservative Republican business people from the hospital and medical community who vociferously encouraged her to make the right choice.  Instead, the focus, it appears, is on protecting their right flank from attack in the next election.”

 

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13 Nov
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Blaine Boyd: On President Obama’s Re-Election

As a member of the Millennial Generation, I have grown up in a time of terror, violence, and war. I was born during the Gulf War, witnessed the first attack on the World Trade Center, felt the shock of the Murrah Bombing in Oklahoma City, heard the shots at Columbine High School, saw commercial airliners rip into the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon, observed troops march back into Afghanistan and Iraq, and wept with those fired upon in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. My generation has every right to be pessimistic about the future of our world. We have seen the absolute worst of humanity. But in 2008, a single event, a single ballot, a single election, altered our lives and changed my view of the globe.

            Barack Obama took the stage on Election Night in a crowded park in Chicago, Illinois. The senator I had followed and supported throughout the election season stood behind a podium and spoke of the hope of a nation, the perseverance of a people, and the change a country so desperately needed. He inspired the masses and brought hardened adults to tears. This man of mixed African-American ethnicity, raised by a single mother and grandmother, who attended public schools, had risen to the highest peak of leadership in the entire world. The American Dream was there embodied and our country rejoiced.

            I watched our president throughout his first term quarrel with a Congress of naysayers and do-nothings. He battled with members of his own political party and even some in his inner circle, but determination reigned supreme. President Obama’s resolve served to fulfill his promises. He extended health insurance to forty million citizens through the passage of the Affordable Care Act. He kept countless jobs in America by saving the auto industry. He removed troops from hostile warzones, while still eliminating key targets essential to terrorist operations. He increased funding for public education, along with grants and scholarships so that more could attend college. He fought for the rights of women, signing legislation that required equal pay for equal work and put women’s health issues at the forefront. He pushed America to be more tolerant by ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in our nation’s military.

            Through his actions, my generation has a renewed sense of vigor and optimism. We are inspired because we know that someday we will be called on to lead this great nation. We will not allow the grave actions of individuals set on destroying our peace-of-mind and eliminating our certain inalienable rights to force us into a state of fear and suppression. We will stand with a leader like Barack Obama and become the best students, best citizens, and best people we can possibly be, not only because we are responsible for ourselves, but also because we are responsible for this country. If it is not our generation, if it is not each one of us, if it is not me, then who will take the president’s place as a leader and as an inspiration to all those searching for purpose in our country?

             Tonight as I watched the polling numbers roll into the major news networks, I saw many across the nation, and even many of my friends, seeming dejected once again. Some citizens wanted a new leader, a change in command, but I knew the man from 2008 was lurking in the shadows. When President Obama was finally declared the winner and he took the stage with his trademark grin and confident stride, I knew a fire would soon ignite. He stood behind the podium once again in Chicago, this time speaking to a smaller crowd in an auditorium, but the nation and the world still watched. He delivered a speech on the successful future he envisioned, a future filled with prosperity and purpose. He spoke of unity within these United States and I was once again fueled.

President Barack Obama said tonight in his acceptance speech, “America’s never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us.” This one statement explains every action he has taken, and every word he has spoken, and it will now guide my generation and me into a better tomorrow full of optimism and hope.

Blaine Boyd is the Chair of the Custer County Democrats and a student at SWOSU.

05 Nov
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OKLAHOMA ELECTIONS FOR SALE?

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

 

 OKLAHOMA ELECTIONS FOR SALE?

Billionaire Koch Brothers Try to Secretly Buy Seat for Markwayne Mullin

Oklahoma City– The organization known as Americans For Prosperity, which is funded by Billionaire Republican brothers Charles and David Koch, has infiltrated Oklahoma and is trying to buy the open seat in Congressional District 2.

According to the Americans for Prosperity website: On November 1st, AFP asked for help in “educating” 30,000 voters in Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District with deceitful door knockers.

Republican candidate Markwayne Mullin has consistently shown a pattern of bad behavior and continues that trend by working with the Koch brothers to essentially purchase the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“They have billions of dollars at their disposal and so they try to solve problems with their money,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins. “Markwayne Mullin and the Koch brothers would destroy rural hospitals, force smaller schools to close, and get rid of programs, like social security, that as citizens, we have earned our entire lives.”

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05 Nov
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Sen. Wilson asks A.G. to Investigate Problems with Online Ethics Commission Reports

Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For Immediate Release: November 5, 2012

Sen. Wilson asks A.G. to investigate problems with online Ethics Commission reports

 

State Sen. Jim Wilson has asked Attorney General Scott Pruitt to investigate the removal of an original contribution report from the State Ethics Commission’s website and the substitution of a different report.
In a letter sent to Pruitt on Monday, Wilson notes the original report, which was dated October 30, 2012, had incorrectly listed the name of an organization contributing to Friends of Wayne Shaw for Senate 2012. Subsequently, a completely different document was substituted for the form. The new document deleted a contribution listing from the first form and shows an equivalent amount listed as contributions of $50 or less in the aggregate.
“First of all, any errors in the original report should have been corrected with an amended report. The ability to remove an actual report and replace it with a backdated ‘new’ original report implicates complicity from the Ethics Commission staff or at least a breach of security,” said Wilson, D-Tahlequah. “The second consideration is knowingly and falsely claiming the $500 amount came from aggregating contributions of $50 or less.”
Along with the letter, Wilson forwarded the original document as well as the “new” original report.
“I’m asking the Attorney General to investigate this because he is the chief law enforcement officer for the State of Oklahoma. Any explanation or justification by the Ethics Commission based on an internal investigation would be suspect,” Wilson said.
For more information, contact Sen. Jim Wilson at 405-521-5574.

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